The four county judges of the Rio Grande Valley. From left to right, Eloy Vera of Starr, Richard Cortez of Hidalgo, Eddie Treviño, Jr., of Cameron, and Aurelio Guerra of Willacy. (Photo: Ron Whitlock/Ron Whitlock Reports)

WESLACO, Texas – It is rare for the four county judges of the Rio Grande Valley to get together in public. But they did so at a news conference last Wednesday to discuss the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.

The four county judges are Richard Cortez of Hidalgo, Eddie Treviño, Jr., of Cameron, Eloy Vera of Starr, and Aurelio Guerra of Willacy. They met at the offices of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council in Weslaco.

Rio Grande Guardian reporter Steve Taylor asked the judges what plans they have to reduce the increase in the coronavirus, other than tell local residents to social distance, wear a mask and wash their hands frequently.

The podcast below features the response of the county judges to that question. 

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